This is my final edition of my recent trip to Sicily visiting the Firriato winery and I’ve kept their quite unique vineyard for last. My previous posts including my visit to Cavanea Etnea on the east side of the island as well as a hike of Mt. Etna including the wines of Baglio Soria. Now we’re venturing over to the Aegadian Islands, specifically the island of Favignana, where Firriato’s Calamoni estate is the only winery of these islands. Vineyards used to be in existence until they disappeared at the beginning of the 20th century in favor of wheat.
The Winery ~ Firriato Calamoni Estate
The island of Favignana is located about 4 miles off the coast of Marsala and Trapani. We boarded a boat at the port of Trapani and were there in no time. Only we didn’t venture around too much as soon as we arrived it was quite lively with the local fisherman selling their daily catch. I even discovered a hidden gem inside a local “bar” or caffe where they use the local pistacchio crème inside their espresso shots. Amazing!
Once we arrived at the Calamoni
Estate I quickly learned what makes the grapes growing on these 12
acres special. From the location just right off the sea with the salt
air breezes to the soils rich in limestone and sea fossils. The
vineyards are separated from the sea by only a small road and surrounded
by dry, stone walls. The breezes here help to keep from humidity
building upon amongst the vines.
|Favignana Island of the Egadi Islands|
|Firriato's Calamoni Estate|
|Limestone rich soil with fossil remnants|
The grape harvest at the Calamoni Estate seems like quite the spectacle for this small island. All the grapes must be hauled to the mainland to their Baglio Soria winery. It typically takes place at the end of August into the beginning of September weather dependent. All the grapes are hand harvested at lower temperatures and loaded into wooden crates placed among fishing boats to be brought over to Trapani.
Three wines hail from Firriato’s Calamoni Estate and if you have the opportunity to get your hands on these they’re worth seeking out.
|Favinia wines of Firriato|
2015 Favinia Le Sciabiche IGT Terre Siciliane – Made of 50% nero d’avola and 50% perricone. Aged 4-6 months in barrique. Licorice, herbal and ripe black cherries on the nose. A dry, medium-bodied wine with bright acid, silky tannin showing dark fruits with a lengthy finish.
2015 Favinia Passule Sicilia IGT – 100% made of zibibbo grapes in the passito style where the grapes are dried on straw mats. Golden orange colors shining in the glass. Intense flavors rich in apricots with a hint of raisins. Just the right consistency in my opinion, not too heavy and not too light in body.
|Finishing off the day at the "Wine House" in Trapani"|
*This was a sponsored trip, but opinions are all my own.